Across millennia, cultures around the world have revered honey for its medicinal and nutritious properties.
It's estimated that honey has been consumed by humans for close to 8,000 years. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, believed honey was vital for long lasting health and vigor and commonly prescribed it to address various ailments. Various textbooks highlight the applications of honey around the world by different cultures.
European honeybees made their way to North America in the early 1600s with the arrival of European settlers. Honey was utilized in various foods and beverages, for medicines, to make cement, and to preserve fruits. Post-revolution, honeybees came to be a symbol of industry and labor for the emerging American nation. Honey thus became a symbol for the fruits of their labor.